Another artist coming to the U.S. on a promotional tour is London-based Cibelle, who recently released “The Shine of Electric Dried Leaves.” The album is not for everyone—she mixes samba and pop in a very eclectic manner, showcasing songs of her own and a handful of covers. Her take on Caetano Veloso’s English-language “London London” features a duet with Devendra Banhart, and it is clearly a tribute to the Tropicalia movement led by Veloso, Gilberto Gil and others almost forty years ago. Her sound is mostly Europop, but she keeps heavily in touch with her Brazilian roots, especially on the Portuguese-language material. But don’t expect easy listening. Her sound can be a bit neurotic at times, sometimes a bit too experimental. She does great justice to Jobim’s “Por Toda A Minha Vida” (For All of My Life), a song immortalized by the late Elis Regina, who would break into tears whenever she performed it. Listen also to “Phoenix,” a tune co-written with Beinot Julliard. (Ernest Barteldes)
September 16 at Hothouse.